Ofer Tzur

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Partner

Ofer Tzur joined Gornitzky & Co. in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. Mr. Tzur is the Head of the Litigation Department at the firm.

 

During the past twenty four years Mr. Tzur has been involved both in large-scale transactions and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Tzur’s experience in the many diverse areas of commercial law has enabled him to develop top expertise in representing clients in court, in some of the largest and most significant commercial disputes in Israel and abroad. In addition, Mr. Tzur continues to be involved in commercial and real estate transactions.

 

As part of his Restructuring & Insolvency practice, Mr. Tzur has advised in and led some of the most complex and significant restructurings and insolvency proceedings, creditors arrangements and bankruptcy proceedings in Israel. In this respect, he has represented controlling shareholders of debtor companies, as well as creditors and debtors.

 

Mr. Tzur is also involved in advising suspects and those accused of white collar crime in significant cases as well as representing clients in large-scale commercial transactions. Mr Tzur gained a noteworthy reputation for his ability to manage sensitive commercial proceedings in family law matters involving large amounts of money and assets. Mr Tzur represents high net worth individuals in personal disputes, complex probate cases as well as commercial disputes associated with family law and estates.

 

Additionally, Mr. Tzur lectures at conferences and workshops organized by the Bar Association and at various public corporations as well as serving as Chairman of the Committee of the Supreme Court of the Israel Bar Association.

 

In a survey conducted by Forbes magazine in 2004 of lawyers at the 100 largest law firms in Israel, Ofer was elected as one of the most promising commercial lawyers in Israel. He has since been mentioned in the media as one of the most senior and prominent lawyers when it comes to litigation in Israel as well as frequently ranked in international and local ratings directories as one of the most prominent and leading litigator in Israel.

 

As Head of the Litigation Department, Mr. Tzur has dealt with, inter alia, the following issues:

  • Representation of legal proceedings related to capital market and securities;
  • Representation of controlling shareholders, shareholders and partners in disputes among the controlling owners of the corporations;
  • Representation of corporations and directors (personally) in derivative actions and other actions against them;
  • Representation of corporations, including various insurance companies, in defending against class actions;
  • Representation of corporations and individuals in claims involving the deprivation of the rights of minority shareholders in public companies;
  • Representation of concerns in the infrastructure and energy fields, in legal disputes with the State of Israel and foreign countries;
  • Representation of investors in disputes with venture capital funds;
  • Representation of financial corporations, including investment banks and venture capital funds;
  • Representation of partners in substantial ownership and control disputes;
  • Representation of corporations and individuals in civil lawsuits against the income tax authorities;
  • Representation of some of the largest Israeli corporations in the Administrative Courts and in the Supreme Court of Justice, in matters relating to tenders, in administrative petitions against the state and its authorities;
  • Representations of defendants in white-collar crimes (taxation).

 

 

Education

LL.B., Tel Aviv University (1992)

B.A., Tel Aviv University (1989)


Admission

1994, Israel Bar Association


Organizational Affiliations
Chairman of the Israel Bar Association's Supreme Court Committee (2015 - currently)
Lecturer at conferences and seminars organized by the Bar Association and at various public corporations.


Languages

Hebrew and English

Chambers Global 2017
Chambers Global 2017

Chambers Global 2017 identified Ofer Tzur as a leading lawyer in the field of litigation. One interviewee enthused: "Basically, if you want to win your case, you need him at your side."

The Legal 500 2016
The Legal 500 2016

The Legal 500 2016 recognized Ofer Tzur as aLeading Dispute resolution (litigation; Arbitration and mediation) lawyer

Chambers Global 2016
Chambers Global 2016

Chambers Global 2016 recommended as Ofer Tzur as a leading Dispute Resolution lawyer, saying "His understanding is quick and the solutions he offers are creative and helpful."

Best Lawyers International 2014
Best Lawyers International 2014

Best Lawyers International 2014 identified Ofer Tzur as a leading lawyer in the area of Arbitration and Mediation.

The Legal 500 2014
The Legal 500 2014

The Legal 500 2014 ranked Ofer Tzur as a Leading Individual in the field of Dispute Resolution, saying he is, "definitely one of Israel’s leading litigators: he has an eye for detail and comes up with brilliant solutions." 

Chambers Global 2014
Chambers Global 2014

Chambers Global 2014 recommended as Ofer Tzur as a leading Dispute Resolution lawyer.

The Legal 500 2013
The Legal 500 2013

The Legal 500 2013 recognized Ofer Tzur as a Leading Dispute Resolution lawyer who heads the firm's practice, which was praised for its high level of service, professionalism and responsiveness.

Chambers Global 2013
Chambers Global 2013

Chambers Global 2013 recommended as Ofer Tzur as a leading Dispute Resolution lawyer, saying "Ofer Tzur is regularly called on for assistance with complex proceedings," while noting his successful representation of ImageSat International with regard to its minority shareholders' application for a derivative action.

The Legal Experts EMEA 2013 Directory
The Legal Experts EMEA 2013 Directory

Legal Experts EMEA 2013 identified Ofer Tzur as a leading lawyer in the field of Dispute Resolution.

 

Mr. Tzur was given similar recognition in 2012.

The Legal 500 2012
The Legal 500 2012

The Legal 500 2012 recommended Ofer Tzur as one of Israel's Leading lawyers in the field of Dispute Resolution.

Chambers Global 2012
Chambers Global 2012

Chambers Global 2012 recommended as Ofer Tzur as a leading Dispute Resolution lawyer.

Expert Guides 2012
Expert Guides 2012

In the 2012 edition of Expert Guides - Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers,  Mr. Tzur was recommended as one of Israel's top litigators.

The Legal Experts EMEA 2012 Directory
The Legal Experts EMEA 2012 Directory

Legal Experts EMEA 2012 named Ofer Tzur among Israel's leading Dispute Resolution lawyers.

The Legal 500 2011
The Legal 500 2011

The Legal 500 2011 recognized Mr. Tzur as a Leading Individual in the Dispute Resolution practice area. Mr. Tzur was said to be "among the top legal tacticians and attentive and accessible" and "aggressive, sharp and suave". Mr. Tzur was recoomended as a Leading Individual in the Dispute Resolution practice area in the years 2009 and 2010 as well.

Chambers Global 2011
Chambers Global 2011

Chambers Global 2011 identified Ofer Tzur as a leading and recommended Dispute Resolution lawyer who has "a valuable combination of traits – he is a very strong litigator and an extremely commercial person", and is said to be "praised for his 'quite unique cross-examination abilities – his performance in court is very strong and has obviously been fine-tuned'."

 

Mr. Tzur was identified as a leading and recommended Dispute Resolution lawyer in the years 2009 and 2010 as well.

The Legal 500 2010
The Legal 500 2010

The Legal 500 2010 identified Ofer Tzur as one of Israel's leading lawyers in the field of Dispute Resolution, and noted his position as head of the Litigation practice at Gornitzky & Co.

Chambers Global 2010
Chambers Global 2010

Chambers Global 2010 chose Adv. Ofer Tzur as a leading lawyer in the Dispute Resolution field of practice: "Ofer Tzur is head of the litigation team". He is fêted as a "powerful lawyer" for his robust representation of clients in court. Clients agree: "He is fantastic in litigation."

Israeli newspaper 'Maariv'
Israeli newspaper 'Maariv'

On 2010's list of leading Israeli lawyers, the Israeli newspaper 'Maariv', chose Adv. Ofer Tzur as one of Israel's leading lawyers at the field of practice of Commercial litigation.

Chambers Global 2009
Chambers Global 2009

Chambers Global 2009 chose Adv. Ofer Tzur as a leading lawyer in the Dispute Resolution field of practice. The legal guide mentioned about "the first-class advocacy of Ofer Tzur, head of the dispute resolution practice" as follows- "Observers comment that Tzur is smart and quick in front of a judge - he comes up with brilliant ideas and knows exactly how to direct a situation in his client's favour”.